Group: Texas naval base shooter voiced support for hardline clerics

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) A group that monitors online activity of jihadists says the suspect killed during an attack at a Texas naval air base voiced support for hardline clerics.

An armed person who shot and wounded a sailor Thursday morning at a Texas naval air station was killed by security forces. (CNN VAN photo)

The attack Thursday at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi wounded a sailor working security before other security officers killed the gunman.

Officials familiar with the investigation identified the suspect as Adam Alsahli of Corpus Christi.

The SITE Intelligence Group says social media accounts matching Alsahli’s profile featured jihadi figures including spokesman for the Yemen branch of Al Qaeda who was killed by a U.S. drone strike in 2015.

The FBI earlier said the shooting is being investigated as “terrorism-related.”

The gunman identified as Alsahli tried to speed through a gate at around 6:15 a.m. Thursday at the naval air station.

The man then got out of the car and opened fire, wounding a member of the security force at the base, sources said.

The female sailor was struck, but rolled and hit a switch that raised a barrier to stop the vehicle.

Other security personnel killed the gunman.

The wounded sailor is in good condition.

An official told the AP that the sailor was wearing body armor.